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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stub·born a.  Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; -- said of persons and things; as, stubborn wills; stubborn ore; a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule. “Bow, stubborn knees.” --Shak. Stubborn attention and more than common application.” --Locke. Stubborn Stoics.” --Swift.
 And I was young and full of ragerie [wantonness]
 Stubborn and strong, and jolly as a pie.   --Chaucer.
    These heretics be so stiff and stubborn.   --Sir T. More.
    Your stubborn usage of the pope.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- Obstinate; inflexible; obdurate; headstrong; stiff; hardy; firm; refractory; intractable; rugged; contumacious; heady.
 Usage: Stubborn, Obstinate. Obstinate is used of either active or passive persistence in one's views or conduct, in spite of the wishes of others. Stubborn describes an extreme degree of passive obstinacy.
  -- Stub*born*ly, adv. -- Stub*born*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome [syn: obstinacy,
            obstinance, mulishness]
      2: resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires [syn: bullheadedness,
          obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will]